Fort Wayne (20-24) starter Colin Rea allowed just one run over five innings against the league's top offense. Bowling Green (24-20) plated its lone run in the third inning, as Jake Hager led off with a walk, advanced on an error by Rea, and scored on a single by Juniel Querecuto. Rea allowed one unearned run, three hits, walked three and struck out a season-high five batters.
The TinCaps were stymied early by Hot Rods starter Ryan Carpenter, who also went five innings. He surrendered four hits, walked none and struck out six. Carpenter was followed be reliever Andrew Bellatti, who did not allow a hit in three innings. He walked two, and those were the only two baserunners Fort Wayne had from the fifth through the eighth innings.
Robert Eisenbach, appearing for the first time since May 10th, pitched the sixth for Fort Wayne and worked out of a bases loaded jam to hold the score at 1-0. Luis De La Cruz pitched the seventh and eighth, also holding the Hot Rods scoreless. In the ninth, Daniel Cropper (3-0) retired the side in order.
Hubbard (0-3) emerged from the Hot Rods bullpen for the second straight game, having pitched a scoreless ninth in Saturday's 9-3 Bowling Green victory. He struck out Mike Gallic to begin the inning. Orr, who had hit a three-run home run to lift the TinCaps to a win on Wednesday at Lansing, came through again in the ninth with a solo home run over the wall in right to tie the game at one.
Yeison Asencio, who has picked up three hits in his two games with Fort Wayne, singled to left, and Austin Hedges walked to put the winning run at second base. Duanel Jones then flied to center, leaving the TinCaps to their final out of the game. Whitmore, on a 1-1 count, singled to right and Asencio beat the throw of right fielder Drew Vettleson to deliver Fort Wayne its first walk-off win of the year. Prior to Sunday, the TinCaps were 1-17 when trailing entering the ninth inning.
The decisive game of the set is scheduled for Monday night at Parkview Field. Matt Wisler is the scheduled starter for Fort Wayne, and Roberto Gomez is set to take the hill for Bowling Green. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.